A few faces (not 100)

In the spirit of the ONE WEEK100 PEOPLE challenge last week, I did about 20. Including trying to capture a few faces from TV. Lessons learned: I really need to practise seeing people and capturing gesture; when I draw men, they look feminine. Hmmmm….

Tulip and vase

I have a beautiful vase by ceramic artist Brenda Mader. A single tulip looked very elegant in it, but I found that my little sketch didn’t really capture the elegance. By the time I got around trying a different approach, the tulip was fading fast, but still attractive, to my eye anyways.

First, in Stillan & Birn Zeta sketchbook.


Then, in a Handbook watercolour book.


Lessons learned: conveying the feeling doesn’t mean you need to do a realistic representation. Shadows don’t have to be super dark in order to read as shadow.

It’s complicated

I’m behind with my posts, but the sketching continues. One of the lessons in the book I’m following suggests drawing a child’s toy robot. Lacking such a subject, I thought would draw Gumby instead — something simple to sketch at the end of a long day. Ha! Gumby turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated.

In my purse

Lesson 5 in Wil Freeborn’s book suggests drawing, then painting, the stuff in your pocket (wallet, keys etc.), so I emptied my purse. These are just a few of the many things that came out. Yes, that is an old flip phone.

Lesson learned: the more you draw, the better you become at capturing what you see; making a single, confident brushstroke is very effective, so it’s worth pausing to be sure before touching brush to paper.

Rite of passage

Wil Freeborn’s Lesson 6 is to sketch your painting kit. I’ve noticed that all the sketchers I follow  make a point of sketching their “kit”. Now that I’ve done it myself, it feels a bit like a rite of passage. Though, truth be told, my “kit” is still a work-in-progress as I continue to learn about brushes, pens and paint. This is a sketch of my small Schminke travel palette and miscellaneous tools. The grey blob is an indispensable kneaded eraser.

Too many shells

Lesson 4 in Wil Freeborn‘s book is a still life using shells and such. I spent way too long trying to compose a nice arrangement picking items from my vast shell collection. Having finally settled on an arrangement I liked, the drawing went well, but not the painting. So I decided to have a second go at it (on watercolour block for a change) and changed a few details. Well, the second one is better in some ways, but not in others. It’s all part of the ongoing learning process. 

First attempt

Second attempt


Lessons learned: keep it simple — I think there are too many different complex shapes that I then tried to render with too much detail; I like granulation when using cerulean blue in the mix; be subtle and build gradually.

Stitch & bitch & draw

This is the week of the sketching challenge #oneweek100people2017. I found I wasn’t up for drawing that many people, but I decided to try to do some at least. Here is one from my afternoon with my knitting and crochet group. More to be posted once I get the scanner hooked up.

Lesson learned: the drawings get better the more I draw, so don’t give up! My observation skills need excercise, just like the rest of me.

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